Lise Dubois

Program Director of the PhD in Population Health
Institute of Population Health
1 Stewart Street, Room 303
Phone: (613) 562-5398
Fax: (613) 562-5659


B.Sc. Nutrition, 1979 (University of Montreal), Ph.D. Sociology, 1994 (Laval University)


Dr. Dubois was the Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Population Health from 2003 to 2008. She is a Full Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She is also one of the principal scientists of the Institute of Population Health at the University of Ottawa, and Program Director of the PhD in Population Health. Dr. Dubois received her Bachelor of Science (nutrition) degree from the University of Montreal and a Ph.D. (sociology) degree from Laval University. She is a nutritionist (Ordre des Diététistes du Québec) and a health sociologist.
Dr. Dubois' research interests include the study of social determinants and nutrition in populations, childhood obesity, food insecurity and nutrition policy. Her research is mainly based on government survey, birth cohort and longitudinal twin study data analysis. Over the years, she has been a member of various scientific advisory committees, including a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (2003-2009). She does collaborative research work on the topic of nutrition, child development and obesity and social nutrition with researchers from different countries, including France, Scandinavia, Australia and China.

Recent Publications:

  1. Carter MA*, Dubois L, Tremblay MS, Taljaard M, Jones BL (2012). Trajectories of childhood weight gain: the relative importance of local environment versus individual social and early life factors. PlosONE  (Published October 15).
  2. Gravel J*, Potter B, Dubois L (2013). Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Cigarette Smoke (PEMCS) and offspring risk of excess weight is independent of both birth weight and catch-up growth.  ISRN Epidemiology, article ID 206120, 8 p.
  3. Colapinto CK*, O'Connor DL, Dubois L, Tremblay MS (2012). Prevalence and correlates of folic acid supplement use in Canada. Health Reports. 23(2): 39-44.
  4. Colapinto CK*, O'Connor DL, Dubois L, Tremblay MS (2012). Folic acid supplement use is the most significant predictor of folate concentrations in Canadian women of childbearing age. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 37(2): 10.1139/h11-161.
  5. Pryor LE, Tremblay RE, Boivin M, Touchette E, Dubois L, Genolini C, Liu X, Falissard B, Côté SM (2012). Developmental trajectories of body mass index in early childhood and their risk factors: An 8-year longitudinal study. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 165(10):906-12.
  6. Dubois L, Kyvik K, Girard M, Tatone-Tokuda F*, Perusse D, Hjelmborg J, (Denmark Twin Registry), Skytthe A, Rasmussen F, Wright MJ, Lichtenstein P, (Swedish Twin Registry), Martin NG (Australian Twin Registry)(2012). Genetic and environmental contributions to weight, height and BMI from birth through 19 years of age: An international study of over 12,000 twin pairs from three continents. PloS One. 7(2):e30153-1-12.
  7. Tatone-Tokuda F*, Dubois L, Ramsay T, Girard M, Touchette E, Petit D, Montplaisir JY (2012). Sex- differences in the association between sleep duration, diet and body mass index: a birth cohort study. Journal of Sleep Research. 21(4): 448-60.
  8. Xu L*, Dubois L, Burnier D, Girard M, Prud’Homme D (2011). Parental overweight/obesity, social factors, and child overweight/obesity at 7 years of age. Pediatrics International. 53(6): 826-31.
  9. Dubois L, Carter M*, Farmer A*, Girard M, Burnier D, Tatone-Tokuda F*, Porcherie M* (2011). Higher intakes of energy and grain products at 4 years of age are related with being overweight at 6 years of age. Journal of Nutrition. 141(11).
  10. Potvin-Kent M*, Dubois L, Wanless A (2011). Self Regulation by Industry in Food Marketing is Having Little Impact During Children’s Preferred Television Viewing. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity. 6(5-6): 401-8.
  11. Potvin Kent M*, Dubois L, Wanless A (2011). A nutritional comparison of foods and beverages marketed to children in Canada in two advertising policy environments. Obesity. Doi: 10.1038/oby.2011.161: 1-9.
  12. Burnier D, Dubois L, Girard M (2011). Arguments at mealtime and child energy intake. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 43(6): 473-81.
  13. Ferraro Z*, Rutheford J, Keely EJ, Dubois L, Adamo KB (2011). An assessment of patient information channels and knowledge of physical activity and nutrition during pregnancy. Obstetric Medicine. 4: 59-65.
  14. Dubois L, Francis DK*, Burnier D, Tatone-Tokuda F*, Girard M, Gordon-Strachan G, Fox K, Wilks R (2011). Household food insecurity and childhood overweight in Jamaica and Québec: a gender-based analysis. BMC Public Health. 11(1):199-209.
  15. Dubois L, Farmer A*, Girard M, Burnier D, Porcherie M* (2011). Demographic and socio-economic factors related to food intake and adherence to nutrition recommendations in a cohort of preschool children. Public Health Nutrition. 14(6):1096-1104.
  16. Potvin Kent M*, Dubois L, Wanless A (2010). Food marketing on children’s television in two different policy environments. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity. 6(2-2): e433-41.
  17. Burnier D, Dubois L, Girard M (2011). Exclusive breastfeeding duration and later intake of vegetables in preschool children. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 65(2):196-202.
  18. Carter MA*, Dubois L (2010). Neighbourhoods and child adiposity: A critical appraisal of the literature. Health & Place, 16(3): 613-28.
  19. Carter MA*, Dubois L, Ramsay T (2010). Examining the relationship between obesity and math performance among Canadian school children: A prospective analysis. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity. 5(5): 412-9.
  20. Dubois L, Girard M, Potvin-Kent M*, Farmer A*, Tatone-Tokuda F* (2009). Breakfast skipping is associated with differences in meal patterns, macronutrient intakes, and overweight among preschoolers. Public Health Nutrition. 12(1): 19-28.
  21. Bouchard L, Gaboury I, Chomienne MH, Gilbert A, Dubois L(2009), La santé en situation linguistique minoritaire, Health Care Policy/Politiques de santé. 4(4): 36-42.
  22. Dubois L, Farmer A*, Girard M, Peterson K (2008). Social factors and television use during meals is associated with higher BMI among pre-school children. Public Health Nutrition. 11(12): 1267-79.
  23. Dubois L, Girard M, Tatone-Tokuda F* (2007). Determinants of high birth weight by geographic region in Canada. Chronic diseases in Canada, 28(1-2): 63-70.
  24. Tatone-Tokuda F*, Dubois L, Girard M (2009; 2007 e-journal). Psychosocial determinants of the early introduction of complementary foods. Health Education & Behaviour, 36(2): 302-20.
  25. Dubois L, Girard M (2007). Accuracy of maternal reports of pre-schoolers’ weights and heights as estimates of BMI values. International Journal of Epidemiology, 36(1): 132-8.
  26. Dubois L, Farmer A*, Girard M, Peterson K (2007). Regular sugar-sweetened beverage consumption between meals increases risk of overweight among preschool-aged children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 107(6): 924-34.
  27. Dubois L, Girard M, Girard A, Tremblay RE, Boivin M, Pérusse D (2007). Genetic and environmental influences on body size in early childhood: A twin birth-cohort study. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 10(3): 479-85.


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